Canadian livestock producers are fortunate to have Codes of Practice to guide them in best practices for livestock housing, handling, and care. Revisions of these codes are being coordinated by the National Farm Animal Care Council, which is a collaborative partnership of very diverse stakeholders who work together on farm animal care and welfare. The Codes for several species are being updated.
The last Pig Code of Practice was published in 1994, so an update is needed in order to reflect new practices, producer needs, and market expectations. The National Farm Animal Care Council has announced that a draft will be released on June 1st for a 60 day comment period.
It is very important that Ontario pork producers review the content of the proposed Pig Code of Practice and provide feedback directly through the National Farm Animal Care Council website or through their producer association. This is the opportunity to comment on a document that will become the expected Canadian standard for pork production practices. The key areas of focus for this review have been sow housing, space, and pain management.
This is your opportunity to provide input on this important document – don’t pass it up. The National Farm Animal Care Council website is http://www.nfacc.ca.
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The complete proceedings of the 13th annual London Swine Conference “Managing for Production” (March 27-28) are available on the conference website.
Production topics range from sows to nursery to weaning/finishing, and from nutrition to health to management to marketing, presented by local and international speakers.
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The above graph shows the average weekly number of hogs by province of origin (raised in) and by province of slaughter for the first 17 weeks this year. The average weekly Canadian hog slaughter was 404,703 which is down 1.2% from 2012. For Ontario it indicates 96,228 hogs per week were slaughtered in Canada that originated from Ontario (82,038 hogs per week were slaughtered in Ontario and 14,190 hogs per week from Ontario were slaughtered in Quebec). Total hogs slaughtered in Canada from Ontario are up 1%; slaughtered within Ontario down 6%: slaughtered in Quebec from Ontario up 72%. The average number of hogs per week from Ontario being slaughtered in Quebec during the first 4 months last year was 8,231.
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The April Swine Budgets are now available on the OMAF and MRA website. April 2013 Budgets
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What do sows and army tanks have in common? Listen to the podcast Sow Lameness presented by Mark Wilson, Zinpro at the London Swine Conference to find out as well as practical ideas for preventing sow lameness.
Complete Presentation (75.6 MB) Questions (28.5 MB)
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Global markets are trading slightly higher this morning. US unemployment for April drops to 7.5% (a 4 year low) and better than expected job growth while the European economy is headed for further slowdown and slower deficit cuts, according to Reuters.
According to Agriculture.com, hog prices increased April 30 to the highest level since August 2012 on speculation that demand – which is seeing higher than expected volumes now – will be driven to even higher levels this summer. The demand is reported to be led by China, where consumers have concerns on locally-raised pork.
Crops futures are trading modestly higher in the early session as investors express concerns that continued cold temperatures and snow forecasts across the US Midwest will put a dent into yields, according to Agrimoney.com. A 5% week-over-week gains in US export corn sales may also be a factor in this morning’s positive momentum.
Disclaimer: This commentary is provided for information only and is not intended as advice. Prepared by Jennifer Stevenson, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs.
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Huron Pork Producers invite you to come on a Bus Trip to
The 2013 World Pork Expo
at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Leaves Clinton June 4th, returns June 7th. Includes farm tours.
For more information, see the flyer:
Trip to World Pork Expo 2013
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